Jim Merkel reported for the South Side Journal from 2001 to 2009 before writing Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side. Since then, he's written Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans and The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. A true-blue South Side hoosier, he's lived for twenty-two years with his wife, Lorraine, in the South Side's Bevo Mill neighborhood.
Vicki Robin is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker. In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Your Money or Your Life , Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine 's book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life . She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.